God gave each of us a measure of faith (Ephesians 2:8) that He expects us to use. At the end of Moses life, he spoke to all Israel and reminded them of the reasons why God chose them and promised to give them the Promised Land. But there was an obligation. “You shall therefore keep the whole commandment that I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and take possession of the land that you are going over to possess” (Deuteronomy 11:8; 31:6-7, 23).
After Moses died, God spoke to Joshua, Moses’ successor, and said the same thing; “Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them” (Joshua 1:6-7, 9). Leading this nation to take possession of the land now rested on Joshua.
Joshua in turn challenged the people at the end of his life to do the same as he had done; “Therefore, be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left” (Joshua 23:6).
After the death of king Saul, David said to the people of Israel, “Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant, for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them” (2 Samuel 2:7). There are many more references, but let these speak to your heart.
The day we live in requires that we be spiritually strong. This requirement is not just for yourself, but also for those in your circle of influence. Come back to this blog tomorrow as see how the Spirit is saying the same thing to the Church today.
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